January 30, 2013
Re "Boy Scouts may lift ban on gays," Jan. 29 I was an Eagle Scout who for decades proudly carried my Scout card signed by President Eisenhower, which I eventually returned to protest the Boy Scouts of America's exclusion of gays. The small step the organization may take to open its doors to another minority group is heartening. Following its own pledge to "do a good turn daily," the Boy Scouts' small turn from its discriminatory policy will hopefully be the first step in a full turnaround.
January 3, 2013
Re "Top execs didn't report suspected Scout abuse," Dec. 31 On Monday and Christmas Day (among others), The Times published front-page articles about the Boy Scouts of America's sexual abuse reporting practices relative to its Ineligible Volunteer Files. I'm an Eagle Scout and have been a scouting volunteer for more than 45 years, and I've never witnessed a case of sexual abuse in the organization. However, I do not condone the past practices of the Boy Scouts. Those policies have changed with required criminal background checks of volunteers.
December 27, 2012
Re “ Scouts employ aggressive tactics in abuse defense ,” Dec. 25 I applaud The Times for reporting the disgusting practices of the Boy Scouts of America. The overwhelming evidence that shows how the Boy Scouts went after the victims rather than protecting young boys says everything we need to know about this corrupt organization. I am an Eagle Scout and had the privilege of having four Scoutmasters who were wonderful and brilliant teachers. These men were educators first and dedicated their careers to bettering young people's lives.
December 13, 2012 |
A former Eagle Scout who became a Boy Scout leader faces child pornography charges on Long Island, N.Y., officials said. Edward Orenchuk III of Garden City, has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies for possessing images of child pornography and making those images available to others via the Internet, Nassau County Dist. Atty. Kathleen Rice announced . Orenchuk was arrested and arraigned Wednesday, officials said. He is being held on $400,000 bond or $100,000 cash.
December 5, 2012
Re "Scouts fought background screening," Dec. 2 How sad to see the Boy Scouts of America join the Roman Catholic Church as an organization professing good while shielding evil. I am an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout. If I'd known 20 years ago what your articles have uncovered, I wouldn't have allowed any of my children to join this dangerously hypocritical organization. I should have resigned as well. James Willwerth Altadena ALSO: Letters: Paying for TV we don't watch Letters: Going to the mat for rich taxpayers Letters: Israel's largesse for the Palestinians
June 7, 2012 |
You can't be in Boy Scouts if you're openly gay - but a group of Eagle Scouts wants to change that. Current and former scouts have banded together to form Scouts for Equality , challenging the Boy Scouts of America's century-old policy that bans gay scouts and troop leaders from its ranks. The group's launch comes less than 24 hours after Boy Scout top brass said they would review a proposed resolution to end the ban, but said it had little chance of passing. “When it comes to matters of sexual orientation, our policy is to not discuss that in any way, but to refer kids to spiritual advisors, parents and guardians,” Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman, told The Times.